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to sequestration. in the earnings call for delta, say expressed concern about the sequester delays and the faa staffing hurting business down the road. by the way, yesterday, 1,200 flights were delayed due to low staffing and today on "power lunch" when we talked with the secretary of transportation, he said, guess what, it's going to get worse. >> it's probably going to get worse, phil, because we haven't experienced any bad weather. we know there are going to be thunderstorms in chicago. we know there are going to be thunderstorms over the new york air space. we know that there are going to be storms coming in off the pacific ocean in l.a. and in san francisco and when that happens, this will only get worse. >> so as you take a look at the airline index, which has been moving higher over the last six months, keep this in mind, bill and maria, so far, we have not seen advanced bookings hurt because people are worried about delays is and their trips being ruined. but that potential is out there, especially as we head into the busy summer travel season. maria? >> phil, thank you so much. so is
penalty. >>> passengers experienced some delays at u.s. airports on monday as the faa began imposing furloughs of air traffic controls. but the widespread traffic never really materialized. flight aware.com says only about 150 flights were canceled. and is while some people waited nearly two hours to take off, delays were much shorter on average. let's get more now from aviation industry consultant ray. ray, good to see you. this isn't just a story about monday, is it? the real question is what happens as these furloughs continue to play out? >> yes. it's going to take at least a couple of days before we see the full impact of these budget cuts. >> talk a little bit about what's coming down the pike. it's pretty significant, to some extent. >> it is. and i think this puts forward a good argument on why the faa should be a public corporation in the u.s. with its own budget to get away from some of the politics of washington. this is a mandatory type of function that the airlines do need and is it's going to be very costly to the airlines, i believe, if this situation continues to move
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